Sifu Matthew Cohen is the founder and creator of Sacred Energy Arts, an integrated system of health and self-development drawing from yoga, qigong, and martial arts. Matthew developed this method after discovering that even though yoga, qigong, and the internal martial arts each stand alone as great health systems, together they create a complete practice.
At a young age, Matthew instinctively gravitated toward yoga, discovering the hidden secrets within the breath, balance, and strength of the poses. Matthew’s practice continued to grow, as he obtained certifications in ashtanga and hatha yoga under Tim Miller, Max Strom, Sarah Powers, and Saul David Raye.
At age 12, Matthew began martial arts training at Kam Yuen’s School of Tai Mantis Kung Fu, eventually earning the rank of fifth-degree black belt. He went on to attain the title of Guru in Kun Tao Silat under the masterful Willem de Thouars.
Inspired by these teachers and their ability to draw great inner strength from these practices, Matthew went on to study the three great internal martial arts of China: tai chi, xing yi, and ba gua. He is based in Malibu, California.